Bangkok Day 1: A New Foodie Experince

17 May

Welcome To Thailand! Suvarnabhumi Airport

Readers, if you’re expecting this to be a complete travel guide, well I am sorry to tell you that it’s not. I am not going to account the whole day 1 adventure in detail: places to go to, where to eat, etc. I’m guessing there are other blogs who can tell people where they should go. This was a first experience going abroad or travelling with a full itinerary which my sister and I had planned for close to 2 months ( and end up ditching half of it because I could barely walk).

view from the back of the Tuktuk going to the Grand Palace

Hotels are definitely NOT CHEAP in this place and so we booked a guest house/inn/hostel at the Banglampoo-Khao San-Phra Sumen area where tourist destinations are very accessible. Well, it is definitely a relief to book a place close to where you’re headed because taking the taxi to the opposite side of the city is EXPENSIVE. Taxis start at 35 and add 3 THB for every kilometer and then toll booths are another story. If you’re really on a tight budget, walking is great. Most guest houses do not have restaurants, but the street will always be lined with them, so food is definitely NOT a problem.

Softdrink and Slurpee counter at 7-eleven

It wasn’t exactly love at first sight for me and 7-eleven. Basically, it’s the same as our local convenience stores but they sell stuff CHEAPER than supermarkets and not the other way around. When you come to Thailand, don’t be too shocked to see a 7-eleven a few steps after the other one, or just right across the street. They lived up to their name – CONVENIENCE STORE. No one has to cross the street anymore. I find myself missing everything about 7-eleven especially a large slurpee for less than 20 THB. Who could resist a slurpee on a VERY hot day, right?

Green Tea With Pomegranate

It’s always easy to travel with Thai-speaking people because they can negotiate. Who would have thought tuktuks cost a lot? I didn’t, my sister and dad did. They charge you just as much as your taxi would because basically they call themselves taxis – the tourist kind. So, for breakfast, we passed by 7-eleven to get us some drinks and I fell in love with their drinks already! Their drinks are equal to our C2 or Nestea drinks, but even better. I had a Green tea with Pomegranate flavor drink and I was definitely enjoying Thailand already.

On our way to get breakfast

And so we moved on in search for food and there it was – a Chinese-Thai restaurant. They served mostly Chinese-inspired food, basically like ours but with a Thai twist. Generally, from where my dad came from, we just called it kuoi tiaw. Apparently, in Central Thailand it was called something else – ba mee look chin pla. When you order this stuff, you can actually choose what kind of noodles you would want. They ordered the smaller version for me, the beginner, sen look. Condiments are available on each table – spicy vinegar, sugar, ground chili powder, and Nam pla (fish sauce). With my first taste a burst of sour, sweet, and spicy soup tingled inside my mouth. The magic is in the broth that they use, they say.

Restaurant Interiors

Their food is constructed in an easy way, and they do not serve pre-cooked food; everything is served hot. So, they put in the noodles first, throw in the broth with herbs and spices in it. Thais are really big on lemony scent and flavor. They had lemon basil in it, coriander and green onions. In my soup there was a chicken ball (just like the fish ball, but with chicken flavor), ground pork, tofu, noodles (of course) and a side of a crispy fried roti ( i think). It was a flavor of sorts and you can season your soup just the way you wanted it. By the way, when they eat noodles – THEY DO NOT SERVE RICE NOR EAT RICE. That would almost be a diet crime if they did. They also eat noodles with chopsticks and a soup spoon, but you can always have your spoon and fork if you want.

Sen mee

to be continued…


3 Responses to “Bangkok Day 1: A New Foodie Experince”

  1. rhomus74 June 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I like Green Tea With Pomegranate “GRANADA” better than the Lemon flavor.

    • kategracea June 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      my sister picked this one for me. a thai 7/11 is like heaven for me. i really want to go back

  2. Foodpick July 6, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I’m goin’ to visit here.Soon.nice experience.

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